The Garswood Internet Safety Team

We are a group of children and teachers, created from Key Stage 2, who are tasked with ensuring Garswood is an Internet safe school.

We get together once a week to discuss issues of e safety.  We have agreed an action plan together to tackle e safety across the school.  We want to make sure everyone has the right information and resources to stay safe online and use the Internet for the wonderful resource it is.  Please look at our action plan below.

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What is Garswood’s Internet Support Team

Since the pandemic the GIST Team has now been re-established with members from each Junior chosen for their love of all things computing and a keenness to spread the word across the school.  

Garswood’s Internet Support Team is a network of children across KS2 who show an aptitude towards computing and a particular interest in e safety across the school. Meetings are led by Miss Moon (the computing lead) and discussions from team meetings are shared with the deputy head and specific learning assistants. They are involved in all major e safety decisions across the school and will often disseminate information across the school.

  • What does the team do?

    The GIST Team created an action plan to ensure e safety is current and happening across Garswood Primary, training is in place and policies are adhered to. They create, plan and deliver training across the school and share results and information they have gained with staff and Governors.

  • How do they tackle e safety at Garswood?

The team have a number of duties with regards to e safety; their action plan includes….

  • Creating presentations to staff and pupils.

  • Carry out surveys and analyse the information gained.

  • Create posters and information leaflets for various audiences with regards to e safety.

  • Discuss policies and action plans and ways to move forward.

  • Create online and virtual resources for various people to access.

  • Create solutions to e safety problems as they arise 




Do you get 'The GIST?' - How can you get involved?

Some of our other actions include getting parents and the community involved and trained in current e safety issues.  We would love you to be involved! Scan in the QR code to look through some of the e safety training children and staff have taken part in already. Or alternatively, download the parents survey below to complete our questionnaire on how you use the Internet at home. 



Garswood's Online Safety Coverage

(with Project Evolve)


Please see below Garswood's online safety coverage, each half term we cover a new unit of Internet safety which links to our computing unit of work for that half term.  We use a range or resources such as Project Evolve, Education for a Connected World, Twinkl, iLearn2 and Google Internet Legends

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On its own EFACW is a useful guide but also a challenge if you have to turn those statements into a learning opportunity. That’s where ProjectEVOLVE comes in; it’s the perfect way not only to navigate the framework but resources every single one of the 350 plus statements. What to find out more?

This vast library of content is managed by an innovative new engine, designed by the SWGfL Webteam, that not only makes navigating the content intuitive but allows users to personalise the content they collate. 

What is ProjectEVOLVE?

The ProjectEVOLVE toolkit is based on UKCIS framework “Education for a Connected World” (EFACW) that covers knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes across eight strands of our online lives from early years right through to eighteen. These outcomes or competencies are mapped to age and progressive. The statements included guide educators as to the areas they should be discussing with children as they develop their use of online technology.

The content has been written by a team of experts here at the UK Safer Internet Centre. It’s up to date; relevant and engaging and moves online life education into the third decade of the 21st century


Resources from each of the 330 statements from UK Council for Internet Safety's (UKCIS) framework “Education for a Connected World” with perspectives; research; activities; outcomes; supporting resources and professional development materials. 

Project evolve can provide information, lesson plans, research summaries, stimulus questions and activities for pupils to complete.  Professional development materials for staff are also available to broaden ever changing e safety knowledge. It has been designed with customisation and flexibility.


Garswood Internet Safety Aims:

Garswood will use Project Evolve, Google Legends and Education for a Connected World as a tool for anyone who works with children and young people. It enables the development of teaching and learning as well as guidance to support children and young people to live knowledgeably, responsibly and safely in a digital world. 

They focus specifically on eight different aspects of online education: 

1. Self-image and Identity 
2. Online relationships 
3. Online reputation 
4. Online bullying 
5. Managing online information 
6. Health, wellbeing and lifestyle 
7. Privacy and security 
8. Copyright and ownership 

Garswood and Education for a Connected World aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long-term behaviours, and support educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond.

In conjunction with various advisors Garswood is developing a rich, effective and developmental curriculum, which will support young people to be safe, healthy and thriving online:

• Auditing and evaluating existing provision of online safety education 
• Coordinating delivery of online safety education throughout the curriculum 
• Improving engagement across the wider school community on issues related to online safety 
• Developing effective training for staff and governors/board members 
Online safety is a whole school issue. The framework aims to support the development of the curriculum and is of particular relevance to PSHE education and Computing. It is designed, however, to be usable across the curriculum and to be central to a whole school approach to safeguarding and online safety.


Garswood 'e safety' in the community

Students from Garswood Primary School were part of a group of primary and secondary school students across St Helens who helped to create a new information page for St Helens Council's website explaining how to stay safe online.

The Be E-Safe, Be E-Smart initiative was originally a project to develop information leaflets.  The young people involved then wanted to turn this into a web information page.

The dedicated webpage, aimed at parents, carers and grandparents, features links to national websites, including CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) and a 'Report It' button to flag up concerns or online abuse.

The children and young people who took part wanted their families to know how to keep them safe online.  In particular they felt it important to highlight:

  • Age restrictions on social networking sites

  • The need for house rules - setting limits for internet work and social use

  • Openness - being able to talk about online problems or concerns

  • The importance of sharing passwords only with their parents and carers

  • Knowing who their children were talking to

St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Schools and Garswood Primary's Chair of Governors Sue Murphy said: "The launch of this online information is part of the wider St Helens plan to encourage us all to have a safe and sensible approach towards online relationships and internet use in the digital age."


How can we learn more about e safety?

In our ever-changing society social media plays an increasing role. We recommend these sites for information

Also we have some PowerPoints we have delivered to our staff and children in school to help them become more aware of e safety at school and at home.  Please feel free to open them below to learn more.


St Helens School
Internet Use Policy (Key Stage 1 – 4)

  • I will only access the system with my own login and password, which I will keep secret.
  • I will not access other people's files, or damage their work and data.
  • I will only use the Internet when I have permission and I am supervised by a teacher.
  • I will use the Internet only for activities and work set by school e.g. homework,
  • I will only Email people my teacher has approved, and not use the Internet for personal or private messages.
  • I will respect the privacy of others. I will not publish their names, addresses, phone numbers or photographs.
  • I will not give my home address or telephone number, or arrange to meet someone, through the Internet.
  • I will not use work from the Internet as if it was my own. I will give credit to the sources of materials included in my work.
  • I will not try to find or use unacceptable material from the Internet.
  • I will report any unpleasant material or messages sent to me. I understand this report would he confidential and would help protect other pupils and myself.
  • I will not use school resources to subscribe to any goods or services, nor buy using the Internet.
  • I will not download software from the Internet unless this is authorised by the teacher.
  • I will not bring in CD’s, USBs or any electronic data from outside school unless I have been given permission.
  • I will not send unsuitable email messages. The messages I send will be polite, responsible and only signed in my name.
  • I will not send anonymous messages.
  • I will not take part in any activity which goes against school rules or government legislation.
  • I understand that the school may check my computer files and may monitor the sites I visit.
  • Remember that access is a privilege, not a right and that access requires responsibility!


  • Any breach of this policy may lead to the following sanctions:
  • A temporary or permanent ban on Internet use.
  • Pupils’ parents being contacted.
  • Other external agencies being contacted.
  • Additional disciplinary action may be added in line with the school's behaviour policies.

Videos as chosen by 'The GIST'

Scroll down to see the two best videos as picked by our 'The GIST' team to cover esafey for children in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two'.  It would be a great idea to watch them as a family and discuss the main points after watching.







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